Tour De Force (GTW64 highlight)

A highlighted review from the archives

1988 Gremlin Graphics

Combining comedy and, er, cycling, Tour De Force was due for release by Gremlin Graphics in 1988 yet never materialised on the C64, despite being released on the Spectrum and CPC.

Your objective is to cycle through various locations around the world, in an attempt to win the coveted yellow jersey. Various drinks are scattered across the road that you can pick up to keep your rider hydrated, (go easy on the wine though!), whilst sumo wrestlers, thugs, snakes and other riders will try to get in your way and stop you winning the race.So what happened to the game itself? The only evidence we have is from an advert by Gremlin Graphics that states it was due for release on cassette and disk. Does that mean it was mastered and waiting for release at this time? If so then who programmed and worked on it? And why was it not released across all platforms simultaneously?

Its possible the mixed reviews that appeared for the Spectrum version may have led Gremlin Graphics to pull the C64 version and focus on other games. Their busiest period was between 1987 and 1989 so perhaps the game fell rapidly down the pecking order once more anticipated games appeared.

Perhaps if we find out who worked on the game more information can be obtained. Unless some more information appears from somewhere then it looks like this will be another one for the unsolved mysteries file!

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